SANTA FE (KRQE) - Those that found her say she could have died.
A dog was found wandering a parking lot with her throat slashed. Animal rescue workers said the dog's owners may not have purposely cut through her neck, but its what they didn't do that led to a horrible, life-threatening injury.
Shelter workers at Santa Fe Animal Shelter are all pulling for a happy ending in this cruelty case.
On Sunday, the dog was playful, even friendly with visitors. But the roughly six-month-old pup Santa Fe Animal Shelter workers are calling 'Angel,' is recovering from a serious wound.
"It angers me of course, I like to think, I try to take an angle that people don't do it intentionally, but I know that some people do, they don't care," Ben Swan, spokesman for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, told KRQE News 13.
Angel was found wandering a parking lot in Pojoaque by Santa Fe County Animal Control.
Shelter workers said remnants of a very tight collar were still stuck in her neck, which created a deep slash wound.
"Unfortunately, that's what happens, the collar grows into the neck, the tissue grows over the collar and you have to cut it out," Swan explained.
The dog immediately went through surgery and now has a rubber tube inserted, called a Penrose drain, to prevent fluid buildup in the wound.
The outline from her collar is still visible.
"Anything like that can kill a dog," said Swan. "Its a serious thing that we see way too often, and it really speaks to peoples, you know, how you treat your animal."
Swan said they've seen these cases before. Sometimes the dog is tied up in a yard, and as the dog grows, their collar doesn't.
Swan said it's clear this dog was neglected. However, there is a bright side.
The veterinarian said surgery went well, her wound is healing, and Angel is now around people that care for her.
"She has a great disposition, she's very loving, she is very curious, and dogs usually don't hold grudges," said Swan. "That's a great thing about them."
The healer-mix is expected to fully recover from her injury. The veterinarian said if everything goes well, she'll be ready for adoption in a couple weeks.
Swan said whomever is responsible for the dog's injuries can face animal cruelty charges, but, he added, the likelihood of finding exactly where she came from is dim.
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